Last week, Brovary saw several events that can be considered small victories on the way of combating the land carve-up in the town.
Firstly, the session of the city hall declined to consider allocation of land to «scandalous» minions of Brovary authorities for the Party of Regions. Instead, the council revoked a previous decision that allocated a land plot in the local Victory Park to an odious masseuse of the former premier Azarov.
Secondly, the city is planned to hold a real public discussion of the recently published general construction plan of Brovary.
After the victory of EuroMaidan, people started to believe the time has finally come for real changes both in Ukraine in general and across the country.
However, unlike after the Orange Revolution, nowadays people hardly are hoping that “manna from heaven” will fall from the clear blue sky. Justice needs to be fought for.
Moreover, the fist attempts to change the power in Brovary failed. Active members of the city council first tried to unseat the mayor Ihor Sapozhko along with his team.
When that attempt failed, they tried to dismiss the whole city council, which persistently failed to convene sessions. However, the move has stuck in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Today, those same people who were ardent Regionals just yesterday, continue, or at least are trying, to capitalize on corrupt schemes.
However, the last week finally saw some progress as the community proved it can make the difference and have impact on power, no matter which colour would it be.
Odious characters did not receive any of Brovary land
Just on Tuesday, No to Corruption! wrote about a session of the Brovary Land Commission, attended by members of the newly established Lustration Committee and some concerned citizens.
The commission considered a number of controversial draft resolutions, most of which dealt with the issues of allocation and lease of land in Brovary.
At the top of the agenda was land allocation for private cottages. The civil activists wanted to know who were the people slated to get the land, whether they are really Brovary residents, and whether the allocation of land was properly legal.
Some of these recipients showed up at the meeting of the commission in person, and all the doubts concerning them have been resolved by several questions. In addition, the future landlords said the land plots they were allocated were in flooded areas.
In the meantime, both civil activists and the chairman drew attention to the fact that individuals associated with the local authorities, namely Maxym Viter and Oleksandr Kozak, were to receive plots in fairly dry areas on the streets Feldmana and Troyandova.
Activists stressed that those people are neither poverty-stricken nor burdened by large families. Moreover, chairman Roman Simutin observed that the applications of these individuals got, for some reasons, a much faster review than that of other applicants.
It is worth noting here that Maxym Viter have been rumoured to be a so-called smotryashchiy, or an overseer of theParty of Regions in the city during the 2012 parliamentary elections. He headed the local electoral commission, which, according to observers, blatantly violated the electoral law. In addition, Maxym Viter tried to conceal the facts of use of underage children in the election campaign of the Party of Regions.
The activists suggested instead that the land plots must be allocated to a Brovary family with 10 children and families of soldiers from Brovary that now defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the east.
However, despite the protests of participants, the committee voted to submit the controversial land issues to the session of the city hall.
The activists, in their turn, stated they would not allow consideration of the issues at the session slated to be held on May 22. Some called to convene a popular rally and even torpedo the council’s session.
However, the committee found a less radial solution by simply dropping the allocation of land plots to Viter and Kozak off the upcoming city council’s agenda.
Azarov’s masseur drops claims to park lands
The Thursday session of the council brought another sensation as the council revoked the right to use a land plot in the city’s Victory Park, which was issued 2.5 years ago to the company Fesco, and returned the land into the city’s reserve land fund.
The company belongs to an odious member of the Party of Regions Serhiy Fedorenko, a personal masseur of the former prime minister Mykola Azarov.
The reason for the move was said to be a voluntary abandonment on part of PE Fesco.
It is worth recalling that Fedorenko’s company laid eye on the park lands since back in 2011, allegedly to create a green zone for a future clinic it was planning to build.
The then city hall readily issued a certificate stating that the area contained no trees. Subsequently, the statement was proved to be erroneous
Every efforts of activists to get hold of a copy of the general plan of the city failed even after a few successful court litigations.
The attempts of the community to demolish the illegally installed fence around the site in question ended in criminal prosecution and courts, which activists and their lawyers described as repressions.
MP Pavlo Rizanenko, who contested the legality of alienation of the land by Fesco in a court of law, said that he became aware from his sources in law enforcement agencies that special operations titled Boomerang and Wave were planned to be held against the defenders of the park.
“...After the revolution, police officers showed me criminal cases against Brovary activists who had to cleaned up in the course of special operations Boomerang and Wave. Those files contained the names of two dozen socially active Brovary residents, the lawmaker reported in the Facebook group dedicated to Brovary.
The activists, involved in defence of the park, hailed the news as “a victory after the long war.”
Brovary holds true discussion of general plan
A month ago, the city hall published on its website the general construction plan of Brovary. The April 25 event was then dubbed a “historic victory” after years of fruitless inquiry battles and litigations.
At the same time, the council announced a public discussion of the general plan that was meant review the consideration of proposals from the general public.
However, the debate was only to consist of submission of proposals to the local municipality.
In addition, the planned “debate” was to last only a month. According to activists, this time was clearly not enough to understand the general plan and make suggestions. In addition, the “discussion” was announced amidst the active phase of the election campaign, which also stood in the way of active participation of the community.
Alina Dyachenko says, “Brovary activists and members of the working group on combating flooding in Brovary urged the authorities to conduct a round table discussion with the participation of urban planning workers, planning and architecture staff, leaders of the city, council persons, companies, developers and the community so that people can ask proper questions and provide their suggestions. During the round table, community members demanded the project to be formally presented to clarify what changes are made to the master plan, for what purpose and on what grounds.”
As a result, the issue was discussed at a public conference, scheduled to be held on May 28 in one of Brovary schools.
The term of public debate was extended for another month till 26 June.
The members of the lustration committee admit that such a course of events in Brovary was earlier hard to imagine. Any “land issues” have been blatantly pushed through without any public discussion, and any plebiscites were totally fictional.
It looks like times are a-changing. Activists believe that the government has to heed to opinion of the community.
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